A major influence on the domestic and foreign missionary movement of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, "The Life and Diary of David Brainerd" is Jonathan Edwards' biography of David Brainerd. David Brainerd was an 18th century colonial American missionary. During the last five years of his lifetime, which was tragically cut short by tuberculosis at the age of twenty-nine, he traveled over three thousand miles on horseback in order to spread the word of the bible to the native peoples of America. Brainerd's life was one of hardship. Orphaned at the age of fourteen, Brainerd suffered from a deep depression that was at times immobilizing. The tuberculosis that killed him which is believed to have been contracted some seven years earlier while he was a student at Yale was only made worse by the harsh wilderness lifestyle that his missionary work demanded. Jonathan Edwards substantially edited his diary for publication and published it posthumously in 1749; ever since it has been a source of inspiration for Christian missionaries the world over.
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- THE LIFE AND DIARY OF THE REV. DAVID BRAINERD
- INTRODUCTORY NOTE
- THE LIFE AND DIARY OF DAVID BRAINERD.
- PART I. FROM HIS BIRTH, TO THE TIME WHEN HE BEGAN TO STUDY FOR THE MINISTRY
- PART II. FROM ABOUT THE TIME THAT HE FIRST BEGAN TO STUDY DIVINITY, TILL HE WAS EXAMINED AND LICENSED TO PREACH
- PART III. FROM THE TIME OF HIS BEING LICENSED TO PREACH TILL HE WAS APPOINTED AS MISSIONARY TO THE INDIANS
- PART IV. FROM THE TIME OF HIS EXAMINATION AND APPOINTMENT TO HIS ENTRANCE AMONG THE INDIANS AT KAUNAUMEEK
- PART V. FROM HIS BEGINNING TO INSTRUCT THE INDIANS AT KAUNAUMEEK, TO HIS ORDINATION
- PART VI. FROM HIS ORDINATION, TILL HE FIRST BEGAN TO PREACH TO THE INDIANS AT CROSWEEKSUNG, AMONG WHOM HE HAD HIS MOST REMARKABLE SUCCESS
- PART VII. FROM HIS BEGINNING TO PREACH TO THE INDIANS AT CROSSWEEKSUNG, TILL HE RETURNED FROM HIS LAST JOURNEY TO SUSQUEHANNAH ILL WITH THE CONSUMPTION WHEREOF HE DIED.
- PART VIII. AFTER HIS RETURN FROM HIS LAST JOURNEY TO SUSQUEHANNAH, UNTIL HIS DEATH.
- MR. BRAINERD'S JOURNAL, IN TWO PARTS.
- THE RISE AND PROGRESS OF A REMARKABLE WORK OF GRACE
- Brainerd's Journal, Part I
- Brainerd's Journal, Part II
- FIRST APPENDIX TO MR. BRAINERD'S JOURNAL: CONTAINING HIS GENERAL REMARKS ON THE DOCTRINES PREACHED, THEIR EXTRAORDINARY EFFECTS, &c.
- SECT. I. The doctrine preached to the Indians.
- SECT. II. Morality, sobriety, and external duties, promoted by preaching Christ crucified.
- SECT. III. Continuance, renewal, and quickness of the work.
- SECT. IV. But little appearance of false religion.
- SECOND APPENDIX TO MR. BRAINERD'S JOURNAL: CONTAINING AN ACCOUNT OF HIS METHOD OF LEARNING THE INDIAN LANGUAGE, AND OF INSTRUCTING THE INDIANS
- TOGETHER WITH THE DIFFICULTIES WHICH LIE IN THE WAY OF THEIR CONVERSION.
- SECT. I. Method of learning the Indian language.
- SECT. II. Method of instructing the Indians.
- SECT. III. Difficulties attending the Christianizing of the Indians First difficulty, the rooted aversion to Christianity that generally prevails among them.
- SECT. IV. Second difficulty in converting the Indians, viz. To convey divine truths to their understanding, and to gain their assent.
- SECT. V. A third difficulty in converting the Indians, viz. Their inconvenient situations, savage manners, and unhappy method of living.
- SECT. VI. Fourth difficulty in converting the Indians, viz. The designs of evil-minded persons to hinder the work.
- SECT. VII. Attestations of divine grace displayed among the Indians.
- THIRD APPENDIX
- MR. BRAINERD'S JOURNAL:
- CONTAINING HIS
- BRIEF ACCOUNT OF THE ENDEAVOURS USED BY THE MISSIONARIES
- OF THE
- SOCIETY IN SCOTLAND FOR PROPAGATING CHRISTIAN KNOWLEDGE,
- TO INTRODUCE THE GOSPEL AMONG THE INDIANS ON THE BORDERS OF NEW YORK, &C.
- MR. BRAINERD'S REMAINS, CONSISTING OF LETTERS AND OTHER PAPERS
- LETTER I. To his brother John, then a student at Yale college, New Haven.
- LETTER II. To his brother John, at Yale college, New Haven.
- LETTER III. To his brother Israel, at Haddam.
- LETTER IV. To a special friend.
- LETTER V. To a special friend, a minister of the gospel in New Jersey.
- LETTER VI. To his brother John, at college.
- LETTER VII. To his brother Israel, then a student at Yale college, New Haven.
- LETTER VIII. To his brother Israel, at college: written in the time of his extreme illness in Boston, a few months before his death.
- LETTER IX. To a young gentleman, a candidate for the work of the ministry, for whom he had a special friendship
- also written at the same time of his great illness and nearness to death in Boston.
- LETTER X. To his brother John, at Bethel, the town of Christian Indians in New Jersey
- written likewise at Boston, when he was there on the brink of the grave, in the summer before his death.
- DETACHED PAPERS.
- FIRST PAPER. A scheme of a dialogue between the various powers and affections of the mind, as they are found alternately whispering in the godly soul. Mentioned in his diary, Feb. 3, 1744.
- SECOND PAPER. Some gloomy and desponding thoughts of a soul under convictions of sin, and concern for its eternal salvation.
- THIRD PAPER. Some signs of godliness.
- A SERMON PREACHED IN NEWARK, JUNE 12, 1744, AT THE ORDINATION OF MR. DAVID BRAINERD, A MISSIONARY AMONG THE INDIANS UPON THE BORDERS OF THE PROVINCES OF NEW YORK, NEW JERSEY, AND PENNSYLVANIA.
- BY E. PEMBERTON, A. M. PASTOR OF THE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH IN THE CITY OF NEW YORK.
- SOME REFLECTIONS AND OBSERVATIONS ON THE PRECEDING MEMOIRS, &C. OF THE REV. DAVID BRAINERD.